The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) held The 3rd Business Journalism Awards Presentation Ceremony today (15 April) on campus to honour outstanding business journalists and recognise their contributions to the industry and society. Mr Paul Chan Mo-Po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, was invited to officiate at the Ceremony. Over 400 guests including the awardees, panel of judges, senior management from media, and guests from academia as well as political and business sectors attended the Ceremony to share the joy of the awardees.
In his speech, Mr Paul Chan Mo-po said, “Though it is my second time attending this event, it still gives me a brand-new feeling as it is the first Business Journalism Awards after HSUHK was renamed as university. From Hang Seng Management College to The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, it was a long journey and has significant meaning.” Mr Chan further addressed that the freedom of press was one of Hong Kong’s key to success: “It is fortunate that Hong Kong has a group of journalists who are professional, passionate and talented. They work day and night under stressful environment for high-quality coverage. I sincerely hope that the academia and media industry can work hand in hand to nurture more outstanding business journalists and drive the prosperous economic development of Hong Kong.”
Dr Moses Cheng, Chairman of Council of HSUHK, acknowledged the contribution of business journalist who utilised their news sense to extract the essence from the overwhelming sea of data and provided reliable and readable analysis and reports to the public. He said, “This year’s Business Journalism Awards has received a record-breaking number of entries. Many of them are of high quality. This proves that Hong Kong media industry has got many talents whose contributions are highly affirmed. I sincerely wish that they will persevere with their professionalism and passion and continue to enlighten our community.”
Professor Simon S M Ho, President of HSUHK, said the University has been all along supporting the development of the School of Communication and nurturing talents for the business journalism field. Though the ways of presentation or the distribution channels of news coverage might change, public demand for quality financial and business information remained unaltered. In addition, the development of the Greater Bay Area was anticipated to provide a larger audience and a lot of opportunities for the media field. He believed students from the School of Communication would benefit from it and enjoy broader career development prospects.
Professor Scarlet Tso, Associate Vice-President (Communications and Public Affairs) and Dean of School of Communication, said, “The establishment of The Business Journalism Awards is to give recognition to and raise public awareness on outstanding business and financial journalists and coverage. Besides, we also hope the shortlisted journalistic works could provide valuable reference for media fraternity and students of the School of Communication.”
The 3rd Business Journalism Awards of HSUHK has established awards in 10 categories, which included the newly-established Best Greater China Business News Reporting Award for journalists from the Greater China region. Over 70 judges from different sectors reviewed a record-breaking number of over 500 submissions and selected the final awardees according to the value, impact, quality, presentation skills, analytical skills and visual presentation of the coverage.
This year’s award-winning media includes (in arbitrary order): Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), i-Cable News Ltd, NOW TV, Phoenix Satellite Television, Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CRHK), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), HK01, iMoney Magazine, Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, Business Today, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Sing Tao Daily, Apple Daily, Hong Kong Commercial Daily and China Daily.
And Ms Lee Yun Yan (Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly) was awarded the Business Reporter of the Year and Ms Vanessa Cheung Hoi-ching (TVB) was awarded the Young Business Reporter of the Year.
Beyond the Presentation Ceremony, the 2nd HSUHK School of Communication Student Exhibition was also held concurrently to showcase some of the outstanding works of HSUHK students. The exhibition included news photos, news videos and feature news.
Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, affirmed the contribution of HSUHK’s Business Journalism Awards in driving the development of media industry.
Group photo of officiating guests. (From left) Professor Simon Ho, HSUHK President, Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, Dr Moses Cheng, Chairman of Council of HSUHK, and Professor Scarlet Tso, Associate Vice-President (Communications and Public Affairs) and Dean of School of Communication.
Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, presented the Young Business Reporter of the Year Award to Ms Vanessa Cheung Hoi-ching (TVB).
Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, presented the Business Reporter of the Year Award to Ms Lee Yun Yan (Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly).
Group photo of awardees and HSUHK representatives.